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Alf Hiltebeitel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834661

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.001.0001

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Vedic Dhárman and Dharma

Vedic Dhárman and Dharma

(p.19) Chapter 3 Vedic Dhárman and Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the earliest meanings of dhárman and dharma in the larger Veda or full Vedic “canon.” The term dhárman is far more common and loaded with meanings in the Rigveda than the terms dhárman and dharma are in subsequent Vedic texts, where they seem stripped of their Rigvedic depth and begin to take on a few of the specialized meanings that will be brought into the classical dharma texts of Hinduism. The chapter then addresses two dimensions of dhárman that seem to have importance beyond the Rigveda: its usage in poetically crafted enigmas, and its ties with kingship.

Keywords:   dhárman, dharma, Veda, Rigveda, Vedic texts, dharma texts, Hinduism, kingship

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